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Glendronach

The GlenDronach distillery lies at the Dronach Burn in the Deveron area. The whisky distillery was founded in 1826, by a syndicate headed by James Allardes. Thanks to the fifth Duke of Gordon, distillation throughout the highlands was legalized in the early 19th century. It is said the duke encouraged the group to build GlenDronach. The distillery changed hands in 1852, to Walter Scott of Teaninich. Following his death, a group from Leith acquired the distillery.

It was in 1920 that William Grant’s son Charles Grant purchased GlenDronach for £9,000. A few months later production began once more, the distillery having been silent for some time. During the 1960s, William Teacher and Sons acquired the distillery and subsequently installed two new stills. In 1976, Allied took over and in 1996 they mothballed the distillery. Production began again in 2002 and three years later, following the acquisition of Allied, Chivas Brothers became the new owner.

In 2005, the distillery was closed for a few months to allow for conversion from coal to steam to heat the stills. This change may well effect the character of the single malt whisky. When fire from coal directly heats the stills, the distribution of heat is somewhat uneven, creating hotspots. These hotspots proffer a richer, toffee-like Scotch whisky. Steam indirectly heats the stills, providing even distribution, without the caramel and toffee overtones. Long since associated with Teachers, GlenDronach’s whisky has been used in the blends since the late 1800s. Following the Chivas Brothers acquisition, it has been a constituent of Chivas Regal. The GlenDronach distillery was purchased by BenRiach’s owners in 2008 for £15 million.

In 2009, the new owners announced a total investment of £7 million in the GlenDronach distillery. In the same year, the whole old core range of 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old whiskies was relaunched, while a new visitors centre was also opened in 2010. A peated expression was introduced in 2015, showcasing GlenDronach’s innovative streak.

However, in 2016 GlenDronach was purchased by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey producer Brown-Forman along with its acquisition of the rest of the BenRiach Distillery Company, for the price of £285 million.

The GlenDronach distillery uses six warehouses, three traditional dunnage which are no more than three barrels high, and three racked. GlenDronach produces around 1.4 million litres of whisky per annum, which compared to some Scotch distilleries is fairly small game, although this is by no means a downfall of the distillery.

The Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival

70cl, 46%

The Revival has been revived! The GlenDronach's 15 Year Old Revival was a much-loved expression, though was sadly discontinued in 2015 by the distillery, citing lack of maturing stocks. However,…  More info

The Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival
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$65.78
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The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

70cl, 48%

A 21 year old Glendronach released in 2011, and aged in a mix of sherry casks (Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry). The result is really very good indeed. Interestingly enough, this…  More info

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament
56
$116.71
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The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, GlenDronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
70
$41.32
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The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

70cl, 46%

The GlenDronach 18 year old Allardice is named after the distillery’s founder, James Allardice. The Highlander was matured completely in Oloroso sherry casks, and was originally released in 2009…  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice
55
$100.83
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GlenDronach Peated

70cl, 46%

GlenDronach have introduced their first ever peated expression to their range! This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks before being transferred over to Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach Peated
5
$42.37
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The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 - Master Vintage

70cl, 48.2%

A rather stunning well-sherried single malt from GlenDronach. Distilled in 1993, the whisky was laid to rest in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. Twenty-five glorious GlenDronach years passed,…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 - Master Vintage
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$265.49

The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood

70cl, 46%

Following on from its Peated Port Wood Finish, GlenDronach have released another sumptuous single malt that has enjoyed a rest in Port casks. This particular expression is a 10 year old whisky,…  More info

The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood
$60.48

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7

70cl, 57.9%

It's the seventh batch of GlenDronach Cask Strength, and it's received a redesign since the previous batch! Drawn from a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this stuff is full-on…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7
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$60.48

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Gift Pack with Walker Slater Hip Flask

70cl, 43%

A wonderful gift set from GlenDronach, featuring a bottle of GlenDronach 12 Year Old along with a rather lovely hip flask from world renowned tweed maker Walker Slater. You know what they say, the…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Gift Pack with Walker Slater Hip Flask
$45.61

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%

Following up its first peated single malt Scotch, GlenDronach Peated Whisky, GlenDronach have now created this delightful peated malt, which was finished in Douro Valley port pipes. Bottled…  More info

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish
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The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'

70cl, 46%

Unveiled in mid-2015, GlenDronach's The Hielan' is a rather handsome entry level 8 year old single malt from the Highland distillery's range, matured and married in bourbon and Sherry casks.…  More info

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'
5
$39.02

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)

70cl, 51.8%

Distilled in 1992 and aged in a single Pedro Ximénez puncheon for 26 years (over a quarter of a century!), this GlenDronach was finally bottled in 2018 at 51.8% ABV, with an outturn of over 680…  More info

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)
$477.89

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A cracking old bottling of Glendronach's single malt. Named Glendronach 'Original' 12 Year Old, this appears to have been bottled during the 1980s. This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

The GlenDronach 12  Year Old - 1980s

GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask - 1980s

75cl, 40%

The 12yo expression of Glendronach is increasingly well-regarded by experts and like its 15yo older brother, this is a complex and involving whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask - 1980s

GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 (Kinko)

70cl, 55.3%

A 1994 Glendronach, aged in a first fill sherry hogshead until 2012, when it was bottled at 55.3% ABV at the age of 18 years old by Japanese indie bottler Kinko. A limited release of 234…  More info

GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 (Kinko)

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition

70cl, 48.2%

Ah, the GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition. The release of a GlenDronach with that age statement is exciting enough, to be honest. But, my savvy reader, you probably noticed that this…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 10

70cl, 50.1%

This is the 10th expression in the limited edition Grandeur range from The GlenDronach. It's a 27 year old single malt that was matured in a combination of ex-Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry…  More info

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 10
$477.84

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 35%

This is a very rare bottle from the GlenDronach distillery. It's a 12 year old single malt produced in the 1970s, back when the company was owned by W.M. Teacher & Sons (these days it's owned by…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1970s

GlenDronach 1994 (bottled 2018) (cask 18011) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 50.2%

Enjoyably well-sherried single malt from the GlenDronach distillery, independently bottled by Malts of Scotland. It was aged in a single sherry hogshead from 1994 to 2018, before being bottled at…  More info

GlenDronach 1994 (bottled 2018) (cask 18011) -  Malts of Scotland
$292.15

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 9

70cl, 48.7%

The ninth batch of GlenDronach's Grandeur series is a 24 year old single malt from the brilliant Highland distillery, drawn from sherry casks personally selected by master blender Rachel Barrie and…  More info

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 9
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$477.89

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1973

75cl, 43%

A very well-Sherried GlenDronach single malt, distilled in 1973 and bottled 18 years later! Wonderful to see older GlenDronach bottles like this, as it shows off aspects of the labels which continue…  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1973

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 103)

70cl, 56.7%

A single cask bottling of 25 year old GlenDronach single malt, drawn from a single sherry butt that was laid down in May 1992 and cracked open in 2017. 513 bottles were produced as part of…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 103)
$244.26

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 1014)

70cl, 50.9%

27 year old single malt from the GlenDronach distillery, released as part of their 16th batch of single cask bottlings. This one was aged in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon from March 1990 to 2017,…  More info

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 1014)
$286.73

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 55)

70cl, 56.7%

A heavily-sherried release from GlenDronach's 16th batch of single cask bottlings. This was aged in a single sherry butt for 24 years, from January 1993 to 2017, before being bottled at cask…  More info

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 55)
$217.70

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7902)

70cl, 52.1%

The 16th batch of single cask bottlings from GlenDronach featured a trio of 27 year old, 1990 vintage expressions - including this tasty treat! It was distilled in April 1990 and left to mature in a…  More info

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7902)
$286.73

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